With the somewhat fragile terms that Fernando Alonso left the McLaren team on at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix commencing a flurry of speculation that he may make a switch to another team in 2008, BMW are the latest to be reportedly interested in the double world champion.

Reports suggesting that Alonso is unhappy enough to leave a front running team and seek employment elsewhere has got the rumour mill flowing and caused several teams to sit up and take notice at what could be available.

Early indications have placed former employers Renault at the forefront of the race to secure Alonso's possible signature, with Spanish newspaper Marca claiming his manager has had a meeting with Flavio Briatore to discuss the possibility of a reunification next year.

However, German newspaper Express has also mooted that BMW are tempted by Alonso's potential availability, even though they are on the verge of confirming Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica for 2008.

With its impressive resources, strong budget and rapidly improving performance, BMW is potentially a happy home for Alonso, but while Mario Theissen admits he is entertaining the idea, he isn't totally convinced the Spaniard is needed to further his team.

"Since we fused and entered with Sauber, our team has become an increasingly interesting place for drivers. However, the question for me is not whether we can offer the world champion enough, but whether we can make it into the next best step forward for us."



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